- the doctrine that reason alone is a source of knowledge and is independent of experience.
- (in the philosophies of Descartes, Spinoza, etc.) the doctrine that all knowledge is expressible in self-evident propositions or their consequences.
- a design movement principally of the mid-19th century that emphasized the development of modern ornament integrated with structure and the decorative use of materials and textures rather than as added adornment.
- the doctrines and practices of this movement.Compare functionalism(def 1).
Examples from the Web for rationalism
Yes, Holmes was the quintessence of the Victorian rationalism, “the most perfect and reasoning machine that the world had seen.”
It was reserved for Rationalism to accept and harmonise the double truth, and to wage war against both infallibilities.The Book Of God|G. W. Foote
Rationalism may say to you: Either give a definite reason for going to Mass, or leave off going.Hieroglyphics|Arthur Machen
Rationalism had starved the soul, it had minimised and derided feeling.Edward Caldwell Moore|Edward Moore
British Dictionary definitions for rationalism
- the doctrine that knowledge about reality can be obtained by reason alone without recourse to experience
- the doctrine that human knowledge can all be encompassed within a single, usually deductive, system
- the school of philosophy initiated by Descartes which held both the above doctrines